During the COVID-19 pandemic many people have spent more time online. While the internet helps us connect with people, there are also risks. Knowing how to stay safe online can help protect you and your whānau.

Ideas for cyber safety include:

  • Maintain a positive approach about the many benefits brought by technology
  • Identify the risks associated with using digital devices and the internet
  • Put in place strategies to minimise and manage risks (e.g. when and where devices can be used, what apps/websites are allowed)


Switch on Safety

Switch On Safety

The N4L (Network for Learning) Switch on Safety filter was launched during Aotearoa’s first Level 4 lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it remains available for whānau to continue to use to keep their children safe online.

The safety filter is part of an initiative to provide safer connectivity for learning while students are away from school called 'Switch on Safety', with support from Netsafe and the Ministry of Education NZ.


Helping students stay safer online from home

As you know, children's online safety is important. At school, Network for Learning (N4L) helps keep your students safe from the bad side of the internet. During lockdown, the students' place of learning shifts to their home. So N4L has worked out a way to help parents keep their children safely connected at home.


FREE N4L safety filter for all students

N4L have set up a safety filter that parents can set up on their child's learning devices from home. Just go to switchonsafety.co.nz to find clear instructions on how to do this.

The free N4L safety filter (by global cyber-security leader, Akamai) blocks websites containing known cyber threats like phishing scams, malicious content and viruses, while also protecting children from content deemed the worst of the web (like adult sites).

It is an extension of one of the many safety and security services that N4L have in place at schools and is a valuable layer of protection to help keep children safe online. Please remember that technology is not a silver bullet and the filter should be used in combination with Netsafe's online parent safety toolkit.

N4l SafetyHow does it work?

Once a child's device is set up, all internet search requests will go through the safety filter which checks if the website they are trying to visit is safe before allowing access. If it's a website that's known to be unsafe, then it will be blocked. The safety filter is applied to the child's device, so parents' devices are not affected.


More Information

netsafe.org.nz

switchonsafety.co.nz

keepitrealonline.govt.nz

The best online safety tips for lockdown - netsafe.org.nz

Online Parent Safety Toolkit - netsafe.org.nz

TikTok Family Safety Toolkit - netsafe.org.nz

Report harmful content here: report.netsafe.org.nz